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02-03-2013, 03:47 AM
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Originally Posted by HooliganX2 View Post
Stewarts 2 fights most likely cut in to his ice time so he would most likely being sitting at #8 in TOI among forwards just behind Tarasenko who is #7 among forwards in TOI. Which i think we all agree Tarasenko is playing well.
As I said, the Blues are deep. Stewart would still be almost a minute behind Tarasenko even if you credit him the 2.5mins worth of shift time he might've lost divided by 8 games. Also, Tarasenko is getting less ice time than the established forwards for rookie/settling in reasons, not for impact-on-the-game reasons. Stewart isn't being limited in ice time because he's a rookie/still learning the ropes.

We'll know soon enough what kind of season Stewart will have. If he has a bounceback year do you think he's taking less than 4M? Not sure the Blues should be paying 4M+ to the 8th/9th forward. On the other hand, if he starts earning more minutes with improved all-around play this year, he'll no longer be the 8th/9th forward. So we'll see.

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